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Caroline: Little House, Revisited | Sarah Miller
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In this novel authorized by the Little House estate, Sarah Miller vividly recreates the beauty, hardship, and joys of the frontier in a dazzling work of historical fiction, a captivating story that illuminates one courageous, resilient, and loving pioneer woman as never beforeCaroline Ingalls, "Ma" in Laura Ingalls Wilders beloved Little House books. In the frigid days of February, 1870, Caroline Ingalls and her family leave the familiar comforts of the Big Woods of Wisconsin and the warm bosom of her family, for a new life in Kansas Indian Territory. Packing what they can carry in their wagon, Caroline, her husband Charles, and their little girls, Mary and Laura, head west to settle in a beautiful, unpredictable land full of promise and peril. The pioneer life is a hard one, especially for a pregnant woman with no friends or kin to turn to for comfort or help. The burden of work must be shouldered alone, sickness tended without the aid of doctors, and babies birthed without the accustomed hands of mothers or sisters. But Carolines new world is also full of tender joys. In adapting to this strange new place and transforming a rough log house built by Charles hands into a home, Caroline must draw on untapped wells of strength she does not know she possesses. For more than eighty years, generations of readers have been enchanted by the adventures of the American frontiers most famous child, Laura Ingalls Wilder, in the Little House books. Now, that familiar story is retold in this captivating tale of family, fidelity, hardship, love, and survival that vividly reimagines our past.
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CherylRussell
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Overall, I enjoyed this book from Ma Ingalls perspective. The book starts with the move from Wisconsin to Kansas explores that year as the family works to establish a farm. It was fun to read familiar events from Ma‘s point of view. #littlehouse #historicalfiction

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Pam.Kokomo
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Loved this Little House on the Prairie retelling from Ma‘s perspective.

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Jaimelire
Caroline: Little House, Revisited | Sarah Elizabeth Miller
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I read the Little House on the Prairie books when I was younger and loved them. But as an adult and mother, I often wondered about Caroline. What it would have been like for her. This book was amazing. I was drawn right in and really enjoyed the story from her perspective. I recommend this book to anyone who loved the original books.👍

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ReadingDownUnder
Caroline: Little House, Revisited | Sarah Elizabeth Miller
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This started out great but then it was too much in her head. Lots of anxiety! But captured the feeling of Little House so it‘s a pick.

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ReadingDownUnder
Caroline: Little House, Revisited | Sarah Elizabeth Miller
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Loving this book already. And THIS!! As I prepare for a trip, this is so me. Although I am also dreading the 30 hour flight. But how beautifully she captured this. Of course the “leaving” I‘m dreading is my cat!!!! 😿

wanderinglynn Where are you going? 12mo
ReadingDownUnder @wanderinglynn Massachusetts from Western AU. A week from Monday for about 5 weeks. It better stop snowing there!!! 12mo
wanderinglynn @ReadingDownUnder Wow! That‘s a trip! Not sure you‘ll be totally snow-free. But hopefully you will have some decent weather. Safe travels! ✈️ 12mo
ReadingDownUnder @wanderinglynn Thanks! I miss the snow but don‘t want any landing probs in Boston. And won‘t have s coat until I get to mom”s house! 12mo
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SarahMillerBooks
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Kindle deal! Caroline: Little House, Revisited is on sale for $1.99 for the month of February 📚💕📚

Coincidentally, today is also Caroline and Charles Ingalls's 159th wedding anniversary.🎻🧶💒

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SarahMillerBooks
Caroline: Little House, Revisited | Sarah Elizabeth Miller
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Kindle deal! Caroline: Little House, Revisited is on sale for $1.99 for the month of February 📚💕📚

Coincidentally, today is also Caroline and Charles Ingalls's 159th wedding anniversary.🎻🧶💒

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Shannon_McKinney
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A great day to finish a book...
I‘m ready for summer! I liked Caroline it was different from the original as it was generally historically accurate.

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EmilyChristine
Caroline: Little House, Revisited | Sarah Elizabeth Miller
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This was such a good book! And I really liked the reader for the audio version. It follows Caroline from when they leave Wisconsin and settle in Kansas. Told from Caroline‘s view it gives a different look into the story.

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sammisho
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I picked this for #booked19, reminds me of my happy place. One of my fondest memories is spending summers in Oklahoma and sitting on my grandma's porch reading. My grandma is where I got my love of reading and she introduced me to Laura Ingalls Wilder. I was excited to read the story from Ma's POV
Momming in 2019 is hard, and I can't even imagine being a mom in 1860. You have to admire the tenacity and bravery of the early settlers ⬇⬇⬇

sammisho However, reading about how the settlers treated and viewed the Native Americans was heartbreaking. They really thought nothing of pushing them off their land. The scene with the Osage moving to a reservation was troubling. The greater social awareness I have now as an adult took the nostalgia out of this adaptation. I also found the pacing burdensome. This 350 page book felt like it lasted forever to finish. 13mo
Texreader Terrific review 13mo
Tamra I am afraid the Little House series (also pivotal in my formation as a reader and were gifts from Grandma) would not hold up for me as an adult and ruin the fond memories. Same reasoning you cite. Loved your review! 13mo
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sammisho @tamra I was going to reread the orginal series after this but have decided not to! I am just going to keep my fond memories in tact 13mo
4thhouseontheleft The Little House books have not held up for me as an adult, and I wasn‘t that disappointed when my daughter read LH in the Big Woods & LH on the Prairie and wasn‘t enamored. But I love your happy place memory, thank you for sharing! So sweet! My grandmother loved poetry, and used to submit poems to the Ideals magazine. 13mo
Cinfhen Fabulous review 💙you really touched upon lots of pivotal issues 13mo
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MaggieCarr
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☆☆☆☆☆
I'm a sucker for all things "Little House" and this one did not disappoint. I never would have survived pioneering West as so many did, I would have died time after time just as was my fate playing the Oregon Trail CD-Rom in grade school. So much trust in the unknown is unfathomable to me and while I know many of the Ingalls tales are historical fiction, I am still in awe. I truly enjoyed this book from Caroline's perspective.

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SarahMillerBooks
Caroline: Little House, Revisited | Sarah Elizabeth Miller
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Today is Caroline Ingalls‘s birthday! I‘ll be celebrating with red yarn and an antique crochet hook. 🧶 And I might read the scene where Ma dances at the maple sugar dance in the Big Woods. What‘s your favorite Ma moment?

Kaylamburson Gorgeous image! 14mo
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SarahMillerBooks
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Today is Caroline Ingalls‘s birthday! I‘ll be celebrating with red yarn and an antique crochet hook. 🧶 And I might read the scene where Ma dances at the maple sugar dance in the Big Woods. What‘s your favorite Ma moment?

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Books about other characters in beloved books can be hit or miss; this was certainly a hit for me! It was character driven with very descriptive inner voice and emotions, and I just kept wanting to know what would happen next! I love this time period, and grew up loving the Little House series, but this was a more mature and nuanced take on how one deep-feeling woman of this time might have felt about the Pioneer life.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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Purpleness
Caroline: Little House, Revisited | Sarah Elizabeth Miller
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Went with a fairly literal interpretation of #houses for #newhogwartsadventure

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️love!! 1y
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Caroline: Little House, Revisited | Sarah Elizabeth Miller
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Sarah Miller tells the familiar story of the Ingalls family‘s trek from Wisconsin to Kansas by covered wagon and the beginnings of their new life in Indian Territory through the eyes of Caroline, the soft-spoken wife and mother. True to the Little House books and tv series, the fictionalized account hits all the right notes. Fans of the childrens‘ book series will appreciate a return to the prairie, told from a new, but familiar viewpoint.

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Ingerella
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More exciting mail today! I also received my #feedareader package today! Thank you so much, @Pamwurtzler , for the books, bookmark, recipes, seasoning and Chocolate peanut butter. I'm really excited about both books, and can't wait to try the recipes. The Sausage, Bean and Broccoli Rabe soup sounds amazing! But I have to tell you..that jar really is what chocolate dreams are made of. All I needed was a spoon!
@MinDea @TricksyTails

RadicalReader @Ingerella what a beautiful sunset on the book cover 2y
Ingerella @RadicalReader I agree. I'm really looking forward to reading it too. I grew up on Little House. 2y
Pamwurtzler You‘re welcome! So glad you like it. I should have sent a spoon along!! 😀 2y
Ingerella @Pamwurtzler No worries! Luckily I had a big one! My husband already had it on toast too. It's SO good!! Thanks again! 2y
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WilliamMorrowBooks
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Enter for your chance to win a complete set of Little House paperbacks by Laura Ingalls Wilder -- perfect for your own bookcase, or to give to the young reader in your life. Also part of the prize pack: CAROLINE by Sarah Miller, an adult Retelling of Little House on the Prairie, fully authorized by the Little House Heritage Trust. ENTER HERE: https://a.pgtb.me/lBM6RQ

Rebesta It‘s hard to believe there was a discussion about banning these books a few months back. They‘re truly wonderful reads. It‘s also a shame Ingalls Wilder was removed from a national book award. (edited) 2y
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Daniellesbooks1
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My June book haul!
I‘ve had a cold lingering around the last 10 days or so, I‘m not much of a reader when I‘m sick and I haven‘t made much progress yet this month. But I‘ve got a couple of short road trip planned the next two weekends, hopefully I‘ll get a few books read then!

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WilliamMorrowBooks
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Loved LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE? Pick up CAROLINE (in paperback today!!) and enjoy a beautiful retelling of the beloved classic

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Texreader
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Whew! #momreviews completely panned this book. So much for that Mother‘s Day gift. Oops.

Bookzombie I love your mom‘s reviews! 2y
rustoryhuf Is your mom on #Litsy? If not, we need her! 2y
Mdargusch Haha! At least she read it! 2y
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Zelma I totally agree with @rustoryhuf . I feel like we need your mom‘s post-it note reviews here on Litsy! 2y
Texreader @Bookzombie @rustoryhuf @Zelma Thanks! Mom is on Litsy but a bit old school so slowly learning to use a smartphone. You can visit her at @Momreviews 2y
Texreader @Mdargusch 😊 Too right! I wonder how much she was grumbling at me for getting her that book! 2y
Zelma @Texreader yay! I‘m now following her. 👍 2y
Texreader @Zelma That‘s awesome. This week I visited her and taught her how to refresh her screen. She thought Litsy was stuck. 🤫 2y
rustoryhuf @Texreader yes! Following her. Can‘t wait for her next review. I‘ve a drawer full of post its. Let me know when her supply runs low. 2y
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SarahMillerBooks
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Reviewsbylola
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I think I maybe only read one Little House book as a child. I‘m not sure why. They seem so fascinating to me now, so I was eager to pick this up. A historical novel based on Laura Ingalls Wilder‘s Mother, Caroline, aka “Ma”, this should have been a home run. Indeed, I like that Miller thought to detail the every day aspects of their life. But my god, the writing. 🤭😑 intentional, but annoying. So over written. Sentimental and maudlin. 🤮 #pop18

AlaMich But how do you REALLY feel? 😉 2y
emilyhaldi Lolol I wonder if I would like it 😆 2y
celtichik I bailed when they were crossing some or other creek. I think I was expecting the tv Ma Ingalls 2y
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BarbaraBB Haha this sounds horrible 😱 2y
Reviewsbylola Lol the word count really limited me. I could have actually said more. 😬😂 @AlaMich 2y
Reviewsbylola All the reviews are so positive. I just could not handle it though. @celtichik @BarbaraBB 2y
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Reviewsbylola
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This is literally one of those books that makes you appreciate all the comforts of modern living. I feel a bit guilt reading about Caroline‘s journey across the northwest as I enjoy a hot bath. #bathandbook

abbsinwonderland 😍😍😍 looove book maps 2y
Pamwurtzler It was so much harder from Caroline‘s point of view! 2y
Wife I really liked this too! I want a coloring copy of The endpaper maps! 2y
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emilyhaldi Aw yeah, I felt that way hardcore reading this one 😳 2y
Mdargusch That map! 😍. I don‘t know how pioneers survived at all @emilyhaldi ! 2y
LeahBergen I wouldn‘t survive laundry day. 😂😂 @Mdargusch @emilyhaldi (edited) 2y
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Prairiegirl_reading
Caroline: Little House, Revisited | Sarah Elizabeth Miller
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I had a busy day yesterday but I had a few minutes to run to the bookstore. They had a promotion where if you bought a card you had a chance to get 5-100% off. I got 100!!!! I got four books and the card for FREE!!! 😄💃🏻📚

Foxyfictionista Wuuuuuuuuut. That's amazing. 2y
Clwojick 🤗🤗🤗 That‘s amazing! 2y
Prairiegirl_reading @Foxyfictionista that‘s pretty much exactly what I said to the cashier!! Lol!! 2y
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emilyhaldi 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 2y
TrishB Awesome 👏🏻 2y
intothehallofbooks Wow!!! Also I LOOOOVED Caroline! 2y
Prairiegirl_reading @intothehallofbooks I‘m looking forward to it! 😄 2y
Wandering_Jess Nice!! 2y
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Reviewsbylola
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My husband and I are doing some spring cleaning today and I think I‘m going to purge my TBR on my nightstand and get rid of it. I feel like I always am overwhelmed and I never have time to read from my own shelves because I‘ve always got BOTM and library books and whatever else ends up next to my bed. It‘s kind of a scary feeling (I‘ll be returning a bunch of unread library books 😬) but it‘s time. #cleaningoutmycloset #aprella

Cathythoughts You can do it 👍🏻❤️ 2y
Morr_Books You are stronger than I! 2y
Kalalalatja You go! 👏👏 2y
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Kaye The library books will be there later. See, that‘s what I was saying about piles of books. I like the ease of getting books now, but it‘s almost too easy from too many areas. You‘ve got your library, hoopla, overdrive and libby, librivox, serial reader for free online content, then Audible and others for paid audio services, then the book delivery services online, book sales, book stores, kindles. In my case, It‘s Too Much of a Good Thing. 🤪😬🤔 2y
Kappadeemom You are brave!! 😂 2y
mdm139 I have a very large tbr, in fact I have a library just for my tbr. But I keep very few books. If I kept them all my house would collapse under the weight probably. I figure if I want to reread them I can check them out in the library. I don't feel overwhelmed because the read pile is so small compared to the tbr. If they were both big I would have be overwhelmed. 2y
emilyhaldi Good idea, that looks overwhelming 😳 2y
Cinfhen What ya giving back???? 2y
Reviewsbylola I‘m the same way @mdm139 I rarely keep books I have read. And although I feel like my overall TBR isn‘t too bad, it‘s more than I‘ll probably get to in this lifetime. 😂😂 2y
Reviewsbylola You need to come over. Brian is cleaning the basement and garage and he found three boxes of Books. 😂 He also is begging me to throw out two antique basinettes. Maybe you can take them to Mom and dad‘s. 🤣🤣🤣 @emilyhaldi (edited) 2y
Reviewsbylola Caroline is the one that really hurts because I put it on my TBR before it was even released. Maybe I‘ll keep it and just give back the others. Populuxe, a book about the World‘s Fair, a random memoir I picked up on a whim, and Play it as it Lays by Joan Didion. @Cinfhen 2y
Reviewsbylola Yeah I agree @kaye. I had made a pledge to myself to use the library more instead of continuing to buy books, which has worked out, but apparently it never occurred to me to read the books I already bought. 🤔 2y
Cinfhen That‘s the beauty of the library, you can always go back and get it another time!!!! 2y
Mdargusch Put the bassinets in your garage! 2y
Reviewsbylola Hahahahahaha. I did not let any bassinets get harmed in the cleaning of the garage. They are all intact. Well, as much as they were before. 🤷🏼‍♀️ @Mdargusch 2y
britt_brooke I love purging books because I don‘t like clutter, but it‘s hard! 😬 I should really take inventory of the books I own that I haven‘t read. Let‘s be honest, book-buying ban would be a good idea, but ..... 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Good for you!! I can‘t part with mine!! Speaking of such matters do you know what the next #BOTM books will be? 🤣🤣🤣 2y
Reviewsbylola I haven‘t seen anything but hopefully soon!! @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Reviewsbylola idk why it matters I haven‘t caught up in most of the others!!!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 2y
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DarcysMom
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debthmpsn
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I have a long abiding love for Laura Ingalls Wilder and her series. My love continues with Caroline.

The descriptive writing transported me to another time and place. The author pulled me gently into the lives of the Ingalls and I remained transfixed until the very end.

The hardships they endured, the gratefulness for the small things and their unending love for one another gives a whole new level of respect to the Ingalls.

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DarcysMom
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I had an Amazon credit begging to be spent and this went on sale! I have been looking forward to reading this book since I heard it was coming out.

ferskner It's so good! 2y
DarcysMom Yay! I am about 10% in and really enjoying it! 😁😁😁 2y
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jbhops
Caroline: Little House, Revisited | Sarah Elizabeth Miller
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Reading while I wait for @aschermetz to pick me up. TO PICK ME UP! We're meeting for the first time since "meeting" online many, many years ago!!!

Tamra I‘m sure you‘ll have fun! 2y
JoScho That‘s exciting! 2y
Reviewsbylola Have fun!! 2y
aschermetz Wooo!!! It was so fun! 2y
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Ehbooklover
Caroline: Little House, Revisited | Sarah Elizabeth Miller
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I really liked that this book helped me revisit the Little House series, a childhood favourite. I loved that it was told from the mother's perspective. That said, there was a one pretty big difference from when I read the books as a child: this time around I felt so much sympathy for the Osage Indians and the way they are pushed off their land to make way for the settlers. This tended to colour my enjoyment of the book at times.

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“White flour, white sugar, lard, and milk. Saleratus, and a pinch of nutmeg. The white flour was so silky and cool, Caroline mixed the dough bare-handed until it was warm and smooth as her own skin. She rolled it into a thick circle as large as the pie plate, then neatened the rough edges with the heels of her hands. With a knife she cut out two hearts and dredged them with white sugar until they glittered faintly in the lamplight.”

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MKbookworm
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Dinner of champions. 😂 #riotgrams #bookandbeverage

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MKbookworm
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MKbookworm
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Very much enjoying this read so far. I always felt Caroline was a bit of a mystery in the Little House books. Interesting to read the authors take on her character. I can‘t even begin to imagine what it would have been like to make such a journey.

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MKbookworm
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Oh Caroline 😉

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SarahMillerBooks
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Heads up — Caroline is $1.99 on Kindle and Kobo right now!

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MKbookworm
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rubyslippersreads 😍📚😍 2y
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cinann
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Since I loved the Little House books when I was growing up, I had to read this book written from Ma's perspective. I have say that it kind of dragged at times. But I also know that Little House on the Prairie, the time in which Caroline takes place, was not my favorite of all the Little House books, so that may have something to do with it.

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JacqMac
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I have always been a fan of the Little House books. I have read them many times and this book gave me that same feeling of comfort. It‘s a warm hug on a chilly day.

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JacqMac
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Relatable. #24in48 #readathon

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JacqMac
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Day 2! Slept a little later than expected. I‘m halfway through one ebook, one audio, and one actual book. Let‘s see how it goes. Happy reading everyone!
#24in48 #readathon

Andrew65 👏👏👏👏 2y
Reviewsbylola I‘ve been wanting to read this! 2y
JacqMac @Reviewsbylola I‘m loving it! 2y
Eggs 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
SamHeartCoffee Nice work!! 2y
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JacqMac
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I‘m loving this book. The descriptions of the cold are making me grateful for a cozy day inside. It‘s also cold and snowing outside my windows. I‘m drinking an enormous amount of tea while sitting under an enormous amount of blankets. #24in48 #readathon

Wife Such a good book! 💙 2y
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JacqMac
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New read for a quiet, sunny afternoon. I have a deep love for the Little House books.

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AF_AF
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I really liked this book, but not necessarily for the writing. As I read this book I kept thinking about the Laura Ingalls Wilder's series and my fondness for those books made me rate this book highly. I always thought of Caroline as the strong, loving mother keeping the family solid. Reading this book made me think of her in other ways as well. I'm so glad I saw this book on MIL's end table at Christmas time.
#popsugar2018
#basedonarealperson

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hwestfall
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This whole section is pretty #cringeworthy to me. I already was annoyed with Caroline (Ma Ingalls) but this pretty much sealed the deal for me. #ReadingResolutions @Jess7

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hwestfall
Caroline: Little House, Revisited | Sarah Elizabeth Miller
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This book did not really live up to my expectations. I loved the idea of Little House on the Prairie from Ma's perspective. I didn't care for Caroline at all during the first half of the book. I assumed going in that Ma would not be perfect but I did not expect this rather negative inner dialogue that dragged on and on. The birth of Carrie and the addition of Mr. Edwards to the story line kept me from tossing the book aside. I'm a little bummed.